Australia's Chief Scientist

Optimising STEM Industry-School Partnerships report released

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Education Council released the final Optimising STEM Industry-School Partnerships: Inspiring Australia’s Next Generation report in April 2018.

The Forum was Chaired by Dr Alan Finkel AO, Chief Scientist of Australia, and comprised 17 leaders from industry and the education sector.  The Forum consulted widely to facilitate a more strategic approach to school-based partnerships with industry to develop the engagement, aspiration, capability and attainment of students with STEM.

The Report was the result of the Forum’s work over the prior 12 months, including extensive national consultations with over 150 people attending meetings and 53 written submissions received.

In December 2015, Education Council endorsed the National STEM School Education Strategy 2016–2026: a comprehensive plan for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Australia. Education Council established the STEM Partnerships Forum as a national collaborative action under the National STEM School Education Strategy.